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Servlet sessions

  1. 1. Managing Cookies
  2. 2. Cookies Cookies are a general mechanism which server side applications can use to both store and retrieve information on the client side Servers send cookies in the HTTP response and browsers are expected to save and to send the cookie back to the Server whenever they make additional requests from the Server
  3. 3. Managing Cookies Get the cookies from the service request: Cookie[] HttpServletRequest.getCookies() Add a cookie to the service response: HttpServletResponse.addCookie(Cookie cookie) Cookie getter methods: getName(), getValue(), getPath(), getDomain(), getMaxAge, getSecure… Cookie setter methods: setValue() , setPath(), setDomain()…
  4. 4. public class WelcomeBack extends HttpServlet { public void doGet(HttpServletRequest req, HttpServletResponse res) throws ServletException, IOException { String user = req.getParameter("username"); if (user == null) { Cookie[] cookies = req.getCookies(); for (int i = 0 ; cookies!=null && i < cookies.length ; i++) { if (cookies[i].getName().equals("username")) user = cookies[i].getValue(); } } else res.addCookie(new Cookie("username", user)); if (user != null) { res.setContentType("text/html"); PrintWriter out = res.getWriter(); out.println("<html><body><H1>Welcome Back " + user + “</H1></html></body>"); } else { res.sendRedirect("/dbi-servlets/login.html"); } } }
  5. 5. SessionManagement
  6. 6. HTTP is Stateless HTTP is a stateless protocol Individual requests are treated independently Without external support, one cannot tell whether an HTTP request is a part of a continuing interaction between the client and the server BUT some Web applications are stateful! Online stores that maintain a shopping cart Portals that remember your name and preferences
  7. 7. HTTP SessionsThe solution: Client and Server transfer some unique datain the course of a sessionA session captures the notion of a continuous interactionbetween a server and a client For example, a series of requests and responses between IE and Tomcat with short intervals between themSession management should be oblivious to the end-userSession management should be efficient Is it reasonable to send the whole shopping cart upon every request to Amazon.com?
  8. 8. Session Supporting Servers A server that supports sessions holds the session-specific data in an internal data structure (session object) Upon the first request, the server initializes the session object and sends the client a unique key for this object During the session, the client attaches this key to every request to the server
  9. 9. Session Management Methods How is the session key shared between the client and the server? We will discuss two methods that Servlet containers support: 1. Session Cookies 2. URL rewriting
  10. 10. Session CookiesIn the response to the first request of a session,the server puts a cookie, which contains a key tothe sessionWhen the client sends subsequent requests, it alsosends the cookieThe browser sends the cookie as long as therequests are in the session bound (e.g. the sameprocess)The server treats the cookie as valid as long as therequests are in the session bound (e.g. a shorttime period passed since the last request)
  11. 11. Session Cookies Session cookies are simply a special kind of cookies The time boundary of session cookies is based on the session and not on an explicit date This is the default expiration time Session data is kept on the server, while the session cookie holds only a key to this data
  12. 12. URL RewritingWeb browsers may refuse to save cookiesTherefore, Servlet containers support sessionmanagement through URL rewritingInstead of passing the session key in a cookie,the key is concatenated to the request URLPages should contain dynamically created linksfor site navigation thus, users are oblivious to the session management
  13. 13. URL Rewriting request request (no cookie) Servlet Servlet id2 response response id1 Webbrowser 1 Session Web server read/write <HTML>… <A HREF=“servletURL;sessID=id1”>GET servletURL;sessID=id1 HTTP/1.0 …</HTML>
  14. 14. Accessing the Session Data Session data is represented by the class HttpSession Use the methods getSesssion() or getSession(true) of the doXXX request to get the current HttpSession object, or to create one if it doesn’t exist Use getSession(false) if you do not want to create a new session if no session exists
  15. 15. HttpSession Methods Session data is accessed in a hash-table fashion: - setAttribute(String name,Object value) - Where is this value stored? - Object getAttribute(String name) More methods: - removeAttribute, getAttributeNames - isNew, invalidate, getId - getCreationTime, getLastAccessedTime - getMaxInactiveInterval, setMaxInactiveInterval
  16. 16. The first request to Servlet GET /dbi-servlets/Store HTTP/1.1 Accept: */* Host: localhost Connection: Keep-Alive Response:HTTP/1.1 200 OKSet-Cookie: JSESSIONID=850173A82D7A7C66B28AF6F337AF73AD; Path=/dbiContent-Type: text/htmlContent-Length: 402Server: Apache-Coyote/1.1
  17. 17. Next request to Servlet:GET /dbi-servlets/Store HTTP/1.1Accept: */*Host: localhostConnection: Keep-AliveCookie: JSESSIONID=850173A82D7A7C66B28AF6F337AF73AD Response:HTTP/1.1 200 OKContent-Type: text/htmlContent-Length: 330Server: Apache-Coyote/1.1
  18. 18. Servlet URL RewritingUse the following methods of the doXXX response object torewrite URLs:- String encodeURL(String url) Use for HTML hyperlinks- String encodeRedirectURL(String url) Use for HTTP redirectionsThese methods contain the logic to determine whether thesession ID needs to be encoded in the URLFor example, if the request has a cookie, then url is returnedunchangedSome servers implement the two methods identically
  19. 19. Example:<html><head><link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="cartstyle.css"></head><body> Hello new visitor!<br><br> Your Shopping Cart:<ol><i> </i></ol> <form method="POST“ action= "ShoppingCart;jsessionid=2409D7C062C6E32E2B4F28EAB1 36E7F8"> Add item:<input name="item" type="text"> <input type="submit" value="send"><br><br><input type="submit" value="Empty Cart" name="clear"></form></body></html>
  20. 20. Reference Representation and Management of Data on the Internet (67633), Yehoshua Sagiv, The Hebrew University - Institute of Computer Science.

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